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New NCERT books don't mention beef

The references to beef-eating habits were there in the textbooks of class-VI and XI till last year.

india Updated: Jun 10, 2006 11:13 IST

References to beef-eating habits in ancient India, contained in the old history textbooks of National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT), finds no mention in the newly introduced textbooks.

NCERT changed the syllabus of class-I, III, VI, IX and XI from this year in accordance with the National Curriculum Framework (NCF) 2005 to prescribe broad guidelines in a bid to prepare an ideal course curriculum.

The references to beef-eating habits were there in the textbooks of class-VI and XI till last year.

"These references were there in the subject of ancient Indian history in class-VI and IX till last year. Those textbooks have been replaced by new ones which have no mention about beef-eating," NCERT spokesman Ashish Bahad said.

The reference had raised objection from several quarters last year and a PIL was filed in this regard in the Supreme Court. NCERT had formed a three-member expert committee to study the matter. The committee has already submitted its report which has been placed before the apex court.

The new history textbooks introduced from this year are 'Our Pasts' for class-VI, 'India and the contemporary world - part 1' for class-IX and 'Themes in World History' for class-XI.

"Following the NCF 2005 and the syllabi based on it, the NCERT has developed new History textbooks that attempt to arouse the curiosity of school children.

"The books encourage students to find out historical facts on their own and to understand historical processes through an evaluation of various interpretations of a given event, period or phenomenon," Bahad said.